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Microbes: Their Diversity, Antibacterial Targets and Mechanisms of Antibiotic Resistance

Okay, so I guess we'll start with the first slide. I'm going to try doing these slide presentations with some of the lights on in the audience. All of you are teachers, so you know what happens right after a meal, along with dimmed lights? So we're going to try this and see how far we make out with it. Okay, the first one has a lot to do with microbiology but not what I'm specifically going to talk about. This is Old Faithful. I was there in September. You've already heard about the hot springs and so forth, and what we in microbiology, and I guess the other areas call extremeophiles, creatures that live in very extreme conditions.

Where Are Microbes Found?

This is Castle Geyser. Again, it's blowing off its steam. This is the growth that's occurring around a hot springs in Yellowstone. Not being an expert in this area, I will just say I'm sure there are microbial growths in and about that area where you see the colored section. By the way, I am red/green color blind, so don't be surprized with my misidentification of color on the slides.

So this is a hot bed streaming down in the Firehole River in Yellowstone. Again, just to give you an idea of the intensity and heat, you can see the steam going into the river. Most of you may have gone to Yellowstone and had the opportunity at one time or another to see these sites.

But do look at these colors. You've got some introduction, or maybe already knew about these creatures, and the importance they have in these extreme environments.


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